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Bhutan: The sad case of Punatsangchhu project 1- Lessons to be learnt

Paper no. 6577 .             Dated 31-July-2019

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

Dr. Pema Gyamtsho, of DPT and leader of opposition raised the issue of Punatsangchhu I in  Bhutan Parliament and suggested that in view of geological problems, mounting debt and expenditure it would be better to hold the project at the current stage. He added more out of courtesy  that no one can be blamed for ‘geological surprises’.  He said that the project due to be completed by 2016 may get extended even to 2024-2025.

Bhutan: Comprehensive National Development Plan 2030-Launched.

Paper No. 6576                       Dated 31- July-2019

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

On 27th June, little noticed but having the potential to have a long-term impact was the launching of a vision document for the next 20 to 30 years for sustainable development and a self-sufficient economy for Bhutan.

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Bhutan: Refugee Issue-all but forgotten?

Paper No. 6573                 Dated 26-July- 2019

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

On the World Refugee Day on June 20th, a few articles appeared in the media about the Bhutanese refugees still remaining in the camps in Nepal and about the ordeals faced by the Refugees before they were settled in third countries.

Bhutan: Potential Impact of an Earthquake:

Paper No. 6571                     Dated 22-July-2019

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Is Bhutan ready for a major earthquake of a magnitude of over 7 in the Richter Scale as it happened in Nepal in 2015?

This is the basis of a study made by a group of Researchers in Bhutan and they have come out with a report titled “Reliance Strategies and Perceptions of the Potential Impacts of Earthquake to Bhutan. 

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Bhutan: New Govt’s Performance in the first 120 Days: A Good Beginning

Paper No. 6418            Dated 31-Mar-2019

By S.Chandrasekharan

The Government led by Dr. Lotay Tshering of DNT had just completed 120 days and it came out frankly with the details of 25 pledges made in their election manifesto and how the Government had fared with the pledges it made.

The communique said that out of the 25 pledges made, the Government implemented 11 of them, another 11 were on track and another 3 not achieved.

Bhutan: Post Election Developments:

Paper No. 6462              Dated 21-Nov-2018

By S.Chandrasekharan

On 19th October, the Election Commission of Bhutan formally declared the election results with the DNT acquiring 30 seats and the DPT  the rest in the 47 seat assembly. The DNT was thus officially declared as the third elected Government in Bhutan and the DPT as the Opposition.

Bhutan: Votes for a Change in the National Elections:

Paper No. 6446                        Dated 19-Oct-2018
By S. Chandrasekharan
 
In the recently conducted National Elections of October 18, it is learnt that the DNT has come out victorious with 30 out of 47 seats.  Formal official results will be announced by the Election Commission in another two days.
 

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